Exercises For Short Term Memory

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Exercises For Short Term Memory

Article by Jonathan Higgins

Exercises for short term memory improvement are fun and effective. Short term memory is the one that helps you remember a phone number for a few minutes while you are trying to find the phone. Or, when you’ve just met someone and you attempt to remember their name only a few minutes after being told. If you are always forgetting names of people you just met or can’t remember a phone number for a few minutes when you don’t have a pen to write it down, then you need to improve your short term memory.

Reading Comprehension

I always like to try and kill two birds with one stone when I’m doing something. So, one of the best short term memory exercises to me is trying to recall the details of an article I’ve just read. Pick up your favorite magazine and read an article. Don’t make any extra special effort at trying to remember what you are reading. After you’ve finished the article, put it down and using a pen and paper write down everything you can remember about the article. Again, the point isn’t to memorize the article deliberately, but rather to recall what you read. You’ll find that if you do this once a day that you will get better at it and your short term memory will improve.

Setting Game

Here’s a game that friends and I have played on several occasions. While eating at a restaurant, one of us will suddenly ask another to close their eyes and describe what they can recall about the surroundings. The key is that the person has had no time to prepare. They close their eyes and we them ask them questions such as, “What clothing are the waitresses wearing?” Or, “What color are the walls?” and so on. The person is made to recall as many details about the surroundings as possible.

The Game Of Concentration

Here is the old standard. You can use the actual Concentration board game, or you can use a deck of cards. Be sure there are 2 of each card. Spread them out face down. Each player turns over two cards. If they match, he or she gets a point. If they don’t match, the two cards are turned back over. Each player needs to remember where the cards are. Say you previously turned over a two of diamonds. On this round you turned over the other two of diamonds. Now you have to remember where you saw the matching card earlier and turn it over. If you can you get a point. And so the game goes. This is one of the best exercises for short term memory.


As was mentioned above, short term memory is like a muscle. If you don’t exercise it, it becomes weak. Work it out everyday and it will become stronger and stronger. The exercises for short term memory above are some of my favorites.

About the Author

Jonathan has put together a mini eBook and mini email course on how to improve your memory. He’ll give it away to you. Just send him an email at Learn several great memory-improving techniques at How To Improve Your Memory.

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